Definition of Shorten in English :

Define Shorten in English

Shorten meaning in English

Meaning of Shorten in English

Pronunciation of Shorten in English

Shorten pronunciation in English

Pronounce Shorten in English


see synonyms of shorten


1. shorten

make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration

Example Sentences:
'He shortened his trip due to illness'

2. abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten

reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

Example Sentences:
'The manuscript must be shortened'

3. shorten

make short or shorter

Example Sentences:
'shorten the skirt'
'shorten the rope by a few inches'

4. shorten

become short or shorter

Example Sentences:
'In winter, the days shorten'

5. bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, expurgate, shorten

edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

Example Sentences:
'bowdlerize a novel'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of shorten
to make or become short or shorter
2. (transitive) nautical
to reduce the area of (sail)
3. (transitive)
to make (pastry, bread, etc) short, by adding butter or another fat
4. gambling
to cause (the odds) to lessen or (of odds) to become less

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see synonyms of shorten
verb transitive
to make short or shorter; reduce in length, amount, or extent
to furl or reef (a sail) so that less canvas is exposed to the breeze
to add shortening in making (pastry, etc.) for crispness or flakiness
verb intransitive
to become short or shorter

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of shorten
v. short·ened, short·en·ing, short·ens
1. To make short or shorter.
2. To reduce in force, efficacy, or intensity.
3. To add shortening to (dough) so as to make flaky.
4. Nautical To take in (a sail, sails, or part of a sail) so that less canvas is exposed to the wind, thereby reducing speed: shortened sail in advance of the storm.
To become short or shorter.

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